A GROUP of elderly citizens enjoyed a day out at Fratton Park as the club hosted a Christmas feast.
Around 150 older people were joined by the likes of Ray Crawford, Alan Knight, David Reid and other ex-Blues players for the lunch, which was organised by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.
Trust treasurer Steve Tovey helped organise the event.
He said: ‘This is Portsmouth Football Club giving something back to the community.
‘It’s been a successful event and everyone has had a good time.
‘There are a lot of smiles around the room. There are old people, some of whom have dementia, joining in with the music and it brings back happy memories.’
It is the second time the event has taken place, and the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir entertained the guests.
The meal was supported by Portsmouth Community Football Club, the Central Branch Supporters’ Club and the Shepherd’s Crook pub.
Many of the people who attended live in retirement homes or live alone.
Louise Timson is the housekeeper and a carer at the Bluebell Nursing Home in Southsea.
She said: ‘It’s fantastic. It’s something for the older generation in the community.
‘It’s a community club and this shows that it’s not just for the young.
‘For some of them this is a once in a lifetime experience. Some of them are football fans as well.’
Charlie Brown, 81, said: ‘It’s very good. It’s good to show the community support. I have supported the football club for many years.’
Former players and current board members helped to serve up the meal as well as the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, councillor Steven Wylie.
He said: ‘It’s been a real honour to be here.
‘I have been serving up dinner.
‘It’s great now that the club is giving something back to some of the older citizens here.
‘It’s exactly what the club should be doing.
‘It is at the heart of the community.’